Six Maine Companies Awarded the Governor's Award for Business Excellence

AUGUSTA, Maine – Governor Paul LePage today presented six Maine companies with a 2012 Governor’s Award for Business Excellence. The honors were delivered by Governor Paul LePage during an awards ceremony held at the State House Hall of Flags.

The 22nd annual awards, administered by the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and sponsored by FairPoint Communications, recognize Maine companies that demonstrate a high level of commitment to their community, employees and to manufacturing or service excellence.

"This year's honorees represent businesses that are regional, national and international leaders in their fields," said Governor LePage. "I am particularly pleased that each business has shown a commitment to investment, innovation, their communities, and to Maine."

Maine Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais, FairPoint State of Maine President Mike Reed, Legislators and the business community joined the Governor to make the announcement.

The award recipients are:

Allen Insurance and Financial of Camden which employs 68 people and is one of the most experienced marine insurance agencies in the world, along with one of the longest continually operating businesses in Knox County.

Moose River Lumber Co. which has a workforce of 86 people at high tech saw and planer mills in the town of Moose River. The company saws, planes, dries and distributes spruce-pine-fir dimension lumber and boards to retailers and builders throughout the eastern United States.

Tambrands, Inc. of Auburn is a Procter & Gamble company with a workforce of 450 people. The Tambrands plant is the only one in North America manufacturing Tampax products for the U.S. and Canada, and is a global lead site for Tampax products serving as an incubator for new product ideas and research.

James D. Julia, Inc. of Fairfield provides professional auction and appraisal services and is an international leader in the auctioning of firearms, rare glass and lamps, antique toys, dolls and advertising, fine art and antiques, and rare antique decoys.

Volk Packaging Corporation designs, manufactures and distributes high quality corrugated and foam products including shipping containers, inner packaging and stock boxes throughout New England. The Volk family has operated a plant in Biddeford since 1967, and currently employs 75 people.

Saddleback Maine of Rangeley is one of New England's finest family ski and snowboard resorts. Since 2003 the company has increased its workforce from 66 employees to 225 during the peak winter season. The four-season property has invested more than $40 million during that time to improve and expand mountain operations and resort offerings.